Books

Iconography: Harry Potter and the Girls Who Weren

The series may be barely over, but we all knew from about the fourth book on that Harry Potter is the children's literary icon of its time. Let's take a look at its author, J.K. Rowling, and the young ladies of the series. Read more »

Iconography: Picturing What the Kids are Reading These Days

Gather around, children. It's time for a story. Several, actually. I've been thinking about picture books, and how big an impact a story can have with just a few words. Get thinking about the picture book icons of your childhood while I take you through some of my experiences and what the kids are... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Djuna Barnes

Djuna Barnes was a poet, novelist, journalist, and artist whose work was known for its unique prose rhythms, its sexual openness, and its fascination with the bawdy and grotesque. She lived in Greenwich Village in the bohemian 1910s, frequented the artists' salons in 1920s Paris, and late in life... Read more »

Iconography: The Rather Extraordinary Astrid Lindgren and Pippi Longstocking

If any icons loom large, they're those of our formative years. Let's open up some children's books, shall we? With sales numbering at about 145 million copies and, according to UNESCO, as the world's twenty-... Read more »

The Long Goodbye: Oprah and Franzen Fake it

Earlier this month, celebrated author Jonathan Franzen finally graced The Oprah Winfrey Show stage, an appearance roughly nine years in the making. Some of you may recall the press that ... Read more »

Iconography: Figuring Fan Fiction

I was twelve or thirteen when I first started reading and writing fan fiction, and I can't see myself stopping any time soon. Fan fiction is not only creative, I haven't simply been a part of great communities, but there are some really interesting dynamics going on with feminist refiguring of... Read more »

Sm{art}: The Women of MoMA

Anthologies are tricky projects to undertake. They are by their nature exclusive, as their purpose is either to further a canon’s creation without challenging it, or... Read more »

Iconography: Ursula K. Le Guin, the Model of a Modern Mythmaker

I love Ursula K. Le Guin's writing so much. Who better with whom to finish our trip into feminist science fiction? And how to pick just a few of her works to write about…?! Read more »

Iconography: Octavia E. Butler and Rewriting the Other

Octavia E. Butler is most likely the best writer I’ve ever encountered. But it’s her incisive, loving explorations of a broken world that will blow your mind wide open. Read more »

Iconography: The Woman No One Saw

I hate to do this, but I'm going to kill a lot of the wonder of James Tiptree, Jr. right from the start. In the late '60s and early '70s, there emerged a man of mystery on the US feminist science fiction scene. He was painfully modest,... Read more »

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Rewriting the Future: Using Science Fiction to Re-Envision Justice

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. Read more »

A Look at How Media Writes Women of Color

Nearly every Saturday morning, feminists of color hold Twitter discussions taking a deeper look at issues, such as gender violence. It’s the... Read more »

Eat, Pray, Spend: Priv-Lit and the New, Enlightened American Dream

Even as reports on joblessness, economic recovery, and home foreclosures suggest that no one is immune to risk during this recession, the popularity of women’s wellness media has persisted and, indeed, grown stronger.  Read more »